2019-20 Open Rehearsal Schedule

Offering serious music students in high school and college a “behind-the-scenes look” at a working BSO rehearsal. (Middle school music students may be considered by special request.) All high school students must be accompanied by an appropriate number of chaperones. Open Rehearsals at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall are free, but seating is limited to 500 attendees.

College students must bring your valid school ID to the rehearsal. Please note that some of the works on the concert program may not be rehearsed at the Open Rehearsal.

To reserve tickets, students and teachers may contact the BSO Education Department by calling 410.783.8051 or by emailing Education@BSOmusic.org.


Stravinsky Pulcinella

Thursday, November 21, 10 am  

Marin Alsop, conductor

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture
LERA AUERBACH BSO Commission (World Premiere)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella

Written for a trio of singers and orchestra, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella is a sparkling evocation of the world of commedia dell’arte clowns. Marin Alsop introduces us to a brilliant and mesmerizing voice—that of the Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach, who brings grandeur and intensity to her large-scale orchestra music. The program is rounded out by Prokofiev’s witty “Classical” Symphony and Brahms’ boisterous Academic Festival Overture.


Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Friday, January 24, 10 am 
Open to college music students by invitation only

John Storgårds, conductor 
Gil Shaham, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9 
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto 
HAYDN Symphony No. 103, "Drumroll"

Shostakovich confounded the expectations of the Soviet authorities, who were expecting a big, triumphant symphony saluting Stalin, with his Ninth, the lightest and brightest of his symphonies. Legendary violinist Gil Shaham performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, often called the most perfect violin concerto ever written. Haydn’s penultimate symphony, known as the “Drumroll,” features high spirits, drama and a brilliantly dynamic finale.


Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto

Thursday, January 30, 10 am 

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

PRICE The Oak
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7

The royal wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry made an international sensation out of the mesmerizing cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who makes his BSO debut playing Saint-Saëns’ charming First Cello Concerto. The concert opens with composer Florence Price’s brooding and lush tone poem, The Oak, and closes with Dvořák’s exquisite Seventh Symphony. 


Ray Chen Performs Shostakovich

Thursday, March 19, 10 am 

Jun Märkl, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

MESSIAEN The Forgotten Offerings 
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1
RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration

Violin sensation Ray Chen returns to perform Shostakovich’s formidable First Violin Concerto, a deeply personal work that was hidden from the scrutiny of the Stalinist regime. The program also includes Ravel’s hauntingly beautiful Pavane for a Dead Princess and Richard Strauss' contemplative and powerful tone poem, Death and Transfiguration.